It seems that every day there are multiple news articles regarding DNA and how it is used to solve a crime, make a new medical discovery, help an adoptee find their biological parents, or any number of other subjects. Just as DNA is used as a tool in these situations, it can now be used by genealogists to help uncover the truth of family rumors, find new relatives, provide clues to new avenues of research and break through brick walls. Although genetic testing should not be used as a replacement for accurate genealogical research, it can often provide answers and evidence for theories in cases where conventional records do not exist.Types of DNA TestsThere are many types of DNA tests – some are useful to solve crimes, others are useful in diagnosing medical conditions, and still others are useful for genealogists. In many cases, the results from the tests are not cross compatible. It is important to note that there is not a single “DNA test” that an individual can have done or …Read more
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There are a lot of genealogy sites and blogs out there - a lot of good ones. We asked Allison McCord, one of our Project Managers, about her favorites and here are her picks. Enjoy!From Allison: I heard Judy G. Russell speak at RootsTech 2014 and she has a truly engaging speaking and writing style. You can watch her excellent presentation here: https://rootstech.org/about/videos/?id=3168208970001. Built by David H. Pratt, PhD, this website is one of the best places to learn how to conduct English genealogy research. The site explains clearly “some efficient ways to trace English persons in the past.” Easily navigated, this website provides information about civil registration, bishop’s transcripts, marriage records, poor law, maps, and more. As a kid, Wes Clark loved to take pictures with his Kodak Instamatic. As a result, he has an enormous collection of snapshots of his growing up years in 1970s in Burbank, California. Wes' description of each photo is hilarious and …Read more
We love this comic, not only because the idea of Smurf ancestry is awesome but also because it brings up, in a light-hearted way, the complexity of dealing with some sticky situations when hired by clients to unravel tough ancestral issues. In those situations our good relationships with our clients are paramount! It's important to always remember that we've been hired by a client to provide access to the truth. Sometimes that truth will involve illegitimacy or slavery or something that disproves the family story. We're committed to backing up our conclusions with sound analysis and evidence, and we do our best to provide our clients with as much positive information as we can, but overall to provide them with truth. We owe that to them! …Read more
We hope it’s been a wonderful Memorial Day weekend filled with family, friends, and warm memories. Memorial Day has been celebrated in the U.S. for almost 150 years now – it was first made official in 1868, when Decoration Day was designated by Civil War Commander in Chief, John A. Logan, as a day for “strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion.” For the first 50 years this holiday was honored by the Union States, with the South honoring their fallen soldiers on a different date. After World War I, the holiday’s focus shifted to a day for honoring those fallen during any war and has been celebrated by the entire nation ever since.If your ancestor served in the Civil War, you can learn more about him through a great website hosted by the National Park Service, at http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/soldiers-and-sailors-database.htm. If your ancestor lived during World War I, you may find his draft …Read more